Dr. John Bacher is an award-winning environmental author, speaker and consultant.
Elder Beaton says he should be listened to about unnecessary deforestation in parks.
St. Catharines Standard
April 12, 2017
Bacher knows his trees
Letters to the editor
Danny Beaton, Turtle Clan Mohawk Nation
I’ve been Dr John Bacher’s friend and co-worker for 30 years promoting environmental education and environmental protection.
We were honoured in June 2016 when Bacher was asked by Huron County to serve as an expert in a clear-cutting case and the county’s tree-protection bylaw. Bacher is also known throughout Simcoe and Dufferin counties by farmers and environmentalists for his knowledge. He is respected throughout Ontario by Maude Barlow and Elizabeth May, leaders of Council of Canadians and the Green Party of Canada for his wisdom and endless work for Mother Earth.
Bacher has been a leader for Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society for 30 years or longer. The list goes on and on for his love and energy in defending Niagara from misguided developers.
His book Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz — Zavitz held the position of chief forester of Ontario, deputy minister of forests and director of reforestation — is a masterpiece.
When Standard reporter Karena Walter wrote her recent story regarding Centennial Park tree-cutting, quoting Bacher as saying the trees were native species, were not invasive and were a mix of ages including some very young trees, he should be listened to.
Some of the trees were providing shade for an intermittent stream. He said the trees in Centennial Park are in forested parkland which is large enough to provide habitat for wildlife like wild turkeys and the great blue heron.
The city should leave part of the park as a natural forest. The Manitoba maples, willows and poplars are being cut down as a preventive measure.
Who do you believe when Bacher says this is wrong as the animals, birds, insects and plants need this forest?
Please help Bacher protect the farmland and forests before all are killed.
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